Our Policy Impact

Changing Abortion Policy Through Evidence 

In May 2018, The Republic of Ireland held a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. The Eighth Amendment guarantees fetuses the same right to life as pregnant people, essentially outlawing abortion in the country. In October 2017, Project SANA was invited to address the Irish Parliamentary Committee (the Oireachtas Committee) charged with deciding the scope of the referendum and designing the legislation that would replace the Eighth Amendment. The Committee recommended allowing abortion upon request up to 12 weeks gestation, and cited the evidence provided by Project SANA a pivotal part on the decision.

Read more about the evidence, our testimony, and the decision here:

The Oireachtas Committee Hearing

(The session begins at 1:31:51 into this recording)

Committee report outlining the decision to allow a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, and legislation to replace it with abortion on request up to 12 weeks and citing Project SANA testimony

Stories about the impact the research had on the decision and, in some cases, even the perspectives of individual politicians:

News Talk, October 2017

Women buying illegal pills swayed abortion decision” The Irish Times, December 2017

“Fine Gael minister backs abortion up to 12 weeks” The Irish Times, December 2017

“Google must stop misinformation on abortion, says online service” The Irish Times, January 2018

“Martin: Evidence to abortion committee prompted change of mind” The Irish Times, January 2018

“Repeal of eighth Amendment - key moments in 2018” RTE, January 2019